Sunday, March 29, 2020

Hush Money, by Robert B Parker

Title: Hush Money
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 3/24/2020
Finished: 3/28/2020

So so Spenser novel. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Inimitable Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse

Title:. The Inimitable Jeeves
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Audiobook
Started: 3/23/2020
Finished: 3/27/2020

Took my time with this short collection of stories. I've tried several times to get into these Wodehouse Jeeves novels, I think this time it finally clicked.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sudden Mischief, by Robert B Parker

  • Title:  Sudden Mischief
  • Author: Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Little Free Library, Hardback
  • Started: 3/14/2020
  • Finished: 3/17/2020
A not very good Spenser novel.  

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Small Vices, by Robert B Parker

Title: Small Vices
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 3/1/2020
Finished: 3/12/2020

Decent Spenser novel, took me a while as I haven't had much time to read. 

Monday, March 2, 2020

Big Sky, by Kate Atkinson

  • Title:  Big Sky
  • Author:  Kate Atkinson
  • Borrowed from DC Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 2/25/2020
  • Finished: 3/1/2020
A new Jackson Brodie book -- been years since the last one.  I liked this series a lot and this new book just continued that feeling.  This felt like the last book in the series, but you never know.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Chance, by Robert B Parker

Title: Chance
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/24/2020
Finished: 2/28/2020

So so Spencer novel. 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Thin Air, by Robert B Parker

Title: Thin Air
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/22/2020
Finished: 2/23/2020

One of the better later Spenser novels. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Walking Shadow, by Robert B Parker

Title: Walking Shadow
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/21/2020
Finished: 2/22/2020

Pretty sure I read this one before, not a great Spenser novel. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Double Deuce, by Robert B Parker

Title: Double Deuce
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/11/2020
Finished: 2/14/2020

Decent Spenser novel

Paper Doll, by Robert B Parker

Title: Paper Doll
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started 2/16/2020
Finished: 2/21/2020

So so Spenser novel

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Better Man, by Louise Penny

  • Title:  A Better Man
  • Author:  Louise Penny
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 2/7/2020
  • Finished: 2/14/2020
I generally don't like my first read of a mystery series to be a late entry, but that's just what I did here.  Even not knowing the characters from previous novels, this was an entertaining read.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pastime, by Robert B. Parker

Title: Pastime
Author: Robert B. Parker
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 2/6/2020
Finished: 2/8/2020

One of the better Spenser novels. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Stardust, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  Stardust
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 2/5/2020
  • Finished: 2/6/2020
Guessing this one was written after Parker's experience with the TV show Spenser for Hire.  Decent Spenser book but ending was pretty abrupt.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Crimson Joy, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title: Crimson Joy
  • Author: Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 2/2/2020
  • Finished: 2/4/2020
Another so-so Spenser novel, but these do pass the time.

Monday, February 3, 2020

School Days, by Robert B. Parker

Title: School Days
Author: Robert B. Parker
Paperback from little free library in DC 
Started: 2/1/2020
Finished: 2/2/2020

So so Spenser novel

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Taming a Sea-Horse, by Robert B. Parker

Title: Taming a Sea-Horse
Author: Robert B. Parker
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
Started; 1/29/2020
Finished 2/1/2020

So so Spenser novel. 

Legion, by William Peter Blatty

Title: Legion
Author: William Peter Blatty
Purchased hardback from Amazon.com
Started: 1/27/2020
Finished: 2/1/2020

Sequel to The Exorcist, very enjoyable. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Outsider, by Stephen King

  • Title:  The Outsider
  • Author:  Stephen King
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 1/26/2020
  • Finished: 1/30/2020
Listened to this one more for Will Patton's narration than Stephen King's writing.  Entertaining but not particularly scary.  

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Rumpole's Return, by John Mortimer

Title: Rumpole's Return
Author: John Mortimer
Purchased hardback used from Amazon.com
Started: fall 2019
Finished: 1/26/2020

I'd been nursing this one for a while but finally really started reading it this weekend. Enjoyable Rumpole novel. 

A Catskill Eagle, by Robert B. Parker

Title: A Catskill Eagle
Author: Robert B. Parker
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/24/2020
Finished: 1/26/2020

Enjoyable but a bit off Spenser novel. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Ceremony, by Robert B. Parker

Title: Ceremony
Author: Robert B. Parker
Started: 1/20/2020
Finished: 1/24/2020

My least favorite of these early Spenser novels. 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Valediction, by Robert B. Parker

Title: Valediction
Author: Robert B. Parker
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 1/21/2020
Finished: 1/23/2020

A so-so Spenser. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Widening Gyre, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  The Widening Gyre
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County, VA Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 1/19/2020
  • Finished: 1/22/2020
Finally Spenser visits DC, but I wasn't thrilled with the book.  The blackmail scheme was bizarre, and the final resolution contrived and seems unsatisfactory.  Still, DC...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Early Autumn, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  Early Autumn
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Worcester, MD Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 1/19/2020
  • Finished: 1/20/2020
Pretty good Spenser book.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Looking for Rachel Wallace, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  Looking for Rachel Wallace
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 1/12/2020
  • Finished: 1/14/2020
I liked this one more now than when I read it originally years ago.  Solid Spenser novel.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Judas Goat, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  The Judas Goat
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 1/12/2019
  • Finished: 1/12/2019
These Spenser novels are not taxing, and sometimes they're not even very good, but they are comfortable, fun, and easy to read.  And there is kind of great feeling of accomplishment that comes with reading a book cover to cover in one day.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

A Savage Place, by Robert B. Parker

Title: A Savage Place
Author: Robert B. Parker
Borrowed from Worcester MD Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 1/6/2020
Finished: 1/12/2020

A not very good Spenser book. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Godwulf Manuscript, by Robert B. Parker

  • Title:  The Godwulf Manuscript
  • Author:  Robert B. Parker
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 1/4/2019
  • Finished: 1/9/2020
I read this one before, back in May of 2009 (I've been keeping track of books here for a long time!) in paperback.  Decided to give it a listen since I wanted something easy and fun.  This fit the bill, Narrated by the same guy who did all of the Rex Stout Nero Wolfe books (Michael Prichard).  Good narrator for Spenser too.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Blood Relatives, by Ed McBain

Title: Blood Relatives
Author: Ed McBain
Hardback from little free library in Ocean City MD
Started: October 2019
Finished: 1/3/2020

Started this 87th precinct novel last fall but left it at the beach. Went back after the new year and finished today.  Pretty obvious mystery.